The Director of the Lawyers’ Centre for Legal Assistance (LAWCLA), Melron C. Nicol-Wilson, is to be honored at by UNESCO in South Africa.
The Award ceremony will be held at the University of Pretoria in South Africa on 25 May.
According to his citation, Mr Melron-Nicol will be honoured for “his courageous and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of people in Africa; his dynamism, originality and courageous pioneering spirit and for outstanding professional achievement which makes him epitomizes the true African Human rights Lawyer”
Melron holds a Master’s degree in Human Rights from the University of Pretoria, another master’s degree in law with specialization in International Criminal Justice and Armed Conflict from the University of Nottingham in the UK, a postgraduate Diploma in equal Status and Human Rights of Women from the University of Lund in Sweden and a certificate in Human Rights Teaching and Research from the International Institute of human Rights in Strasbourg, France.
He did his undergraduate legal studies at Fourah Bay College and Professional Law Studies at the Sierra Leone Law School.
Nicol-Wilson is a former Human Rights Law teaching fellow at the Columbia Law School in New York; former Legal Adviser of the Anti-Corruption Commission and former Human Rights Trainer of the Namibian Police.
Presently in addition to running LAWCLA he is also a Defence Counsel at the UN-backed Special Court and Lecturer at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.
Nicol-Wilson established the first Legal Aid Center in Sierra Leone in 2001 and under his Directorship the Center has provided free legal services to many Sierra Leonean.
The Center has also published a number of research documents including on juvenile justice, the death penalty and women and children’s issues in Sierra Leone.